ZeniMax

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A Fallout 76 theatre troupe are performing Romeo and Juliet live in-game tomorrow

Rarely has the threat to bite your thumb at someone resulted in all-out nuclear armageddon, but one group of Fallout 76 players will prove the exception tomorrow when they perform William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet live in the game. The Wasteland Theatre Company has even built a stage they say is modelled after London’s Globe Theatre, renowned for its performances of the Bard’s plays. They’re a week late to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday, but I won’t judge because I can’t even add up properly in Freddos. Read more

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Wave goodbye to Bethesda’s terrible launcher as they start their big migration to Steam

Today’s the day Bethesda crack open the humongous blast shields at their base in Rockville, Maryland, finally taking the brave step of plonking their back catalogue and future games fully onto Steam after six years of trying to make their own launcher happen. Don’t worry, you’ll have the option to transfer over your games, saves and Wallet balance until May 11th. You’ll have to redownload everything unfortunately, but any game you happen to own via the Bethesda.net Launcher should appear as a free purchase on a linked Steam account. Read more

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How To Watch The Xbox / Bethesda E3 Showcase

E3 2021 is rapidly approaching, and Microsoft’s Xbox presentation looks to be a highlight once again, especially with the addition of Bethesda. After last year’s surprise purchase of Bethesda parent company Zenimax, Microsoft’s E3 presentation will be the first opportunity to show off the massive RPG developer’s future on a big (virtual) stage.

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Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda approved by financial regulators

While Microsoft have been on a spending spree in recent years, snapping up studios of all shapes and sizes, it’s still a little surprising that they’re buying ZeniMax. That’s Bethesda, Id Software, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, and the rest of the ZeniMax family joing Microsoft. And join they seemingly will, as financial authorities in both the US and Europe have recently approved the deal. $7.5 billion! The big bucks. Read more

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Valve and five publishers fined €7.8 million for geo-blocking Steam keys

Valve and a handful of game publishers have landed themselves in hot water with the European Commision for geo-blocking Steam keys in certain regions in Europe. The Steam owners, along with Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media and ZeniMax (Bethesda’s parent company), have been collectively fined €7.8 million (around £6.9 million) for “breaching EU antitrust rules”. (more…)

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Rune 2 now revamped, after alleged Bethesda sabotage

November is the month of the Viking, apparently, but we’re not talking about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla this time. Today, Rune 2: Decapitation Edition came out. It’s an open world action-RPG where you play as some Viking trying to save Midgard, but truly, I’m glossing over the interesting bit. Rune 2 has gone through nothing but drama over the last year – which most recently involved its publishers accusing Bethesda and Zenimax of intentionally sabotaging the game. (more…)

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John Carmack says Microsoft buying Id Software could let him “reengage” with old titles

Microsoft are buying Bethesda , or rather their parent company ZeniMax Media. Like a nesting doll, Bethesda themselves are the parents of yet other game studios that Microsoft will also own. What of, say, Id Software? One of Id’s co-founders John Carmack reckons that the Bethesda buyout is a good thing. He says that the new Microsoft ownership could allow him to “reengage” with his old work. (more…)